February 6, 2019

Twenty Years and Counting!

By Gary Rohrmayer, President of Church Multiplication Partners Twenty years ago, I left the pastoral ministry of the local church. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about going back into the pastorate. If I could be both a regional leader and a pastor of a local church, I would do it in a heartbeat. This year, I am celebrating the twenty-year mark of serving with Converge MidAmerica. When I entered this ministry, a well-known church planting leader told me, “Gary, remember that movements are messy! They are filled with all sorts of victories, setbacks and defeats. Don’t let the messiness of church planting and regional ministry distract you from moving forward in God’s mission.” Taking three steps forward and two steps back happens because we are in a battle—a spiritual battle of epic proportions! The Apostle Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark […]
January 11, 2019

An Ancient Scorecard for a New Church

By Dr. Ed Love, Director of Church Multiplication, The Wesleyan Church Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20 Scorecards are essential in any game because they inform teams whether or not they are doing the right things and accomplishing their goals. Imagine getting a group together to watch the Superbowl this year, but the NFL decided not to tally the score. The fans would be in an uproar and the players would have no desire to play! Why? Without a score, there is no purpose, no feat to accomplish and no reason to give the game 110%. The simple dynamic of keeping score causes players to give the game all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. In the […]
January 11, 2019

How I Was Wrong About Church Planting

By Steve Hubbard, Founding Pastor of Awaken Church in Grand Ledge, MI I’ll be honest – I never wanted to be a church planter. I was comfortable in established churches rich with history, heritage and seasons of impact. Sure, there were challenges that came with the territory, but I saw so much potential in the established local church. Good things were happening in the churches around me and the leaders I served with. It was hard for me to “get on board” with the multiplication train in those early days of ministry. I held certain assumptions about church planting that kept me at an arms length. It wasn’t until the Spirit started pressing up against those assumptions that I was able to make the heart shift.  Assumption 1: Church planting isn’t necessary if we could make the established church relevant again.  Relevancy is simply speaking the language of culture. So much of my leadership was invested in fine tuning environments, […]
December 6, 2018

Lessons From Urban Church Planting

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project Uh oh. I failed as a church planter. Recently, I had an amazing conversation with a courageous leader who attempted to start a church in a city neighborhood and failed. I characterize the conversation as amazing because of how the failed starter has responded to the terribly difficult circumstances surrounding his failure. Here’s the short version of his story. He and his wife sensed a definite call to start a church in the heart of the city. Following the guidance of his sending organization, he rented a fantastic venue in one of the most rapidly growing neighborhoods in the city. He recruited an enthusiastic team of young adults and spared no expense in creating logos, banners, signage, websites and swag to give the church a vibe of excellence and relevance. He himself is an outstanding communicator and he recruited a worship band that was off-the-charts good. According to the guidance of his sending […]